Following the devastation and havoc wreaked by Super Typhoon Yolanda (as Typhoon Haiyan is known in the Philippines), the US ordered the activation of a hospital ship – the USNS Mercy – for deployment to the affected area. Originally built as an oil tanker, the Mercy was converted to a hospital ship in 1984.
Casualties can be brought aboard by boat or helicopter, the Mercy offering 12 operating rooms and 1,000 beds, along with other essential medical equipment. In the wake of the strongest tropical cyclone on record to reach land, Mercy is the very least the Philippines needs now.
The IET is a patron of disaster relief charity RedR, which aims to quickly establish a large number of aid workers in the Philippines, partly by sending out experienced personnel and partly by training local people. You can read more about RedR and its work in the Philippines on the IET web site.
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